US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

Gigi Hadid. (Source: @gigihadid)
Updated 23 February 2018

US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

JEDDAH: US model Gigi Hadid is known for accessorizing. Her latest statement piece? A
phone sticker.
Hadid was snapped stepping out with an anti-social-media message on her mobile, in the style of the warnings on cigarette packs.
“Social media seriously harms your mental health,” the sticker read.
Could be that’s just a reminder to herself of the dangers of getting too deep into the online rabbit hole. Hadid, after all, has over 38 million Instagram followers, has made more than 2,600 posts on that platform alone, plus almost 16,000 tweets to her 8.5 million Twitter followers.
Hadid has discussed before how she likes to take a digital sabbatical now and again. In December 2016 she told “Elle” that she was taking a month off social media, saying she found that “empowering.”
“A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples’ lives, which is so crazy,” she said. “I’m going to take a break when I feel like it.”
Hadid has also called out cyber-bullies, most recently earlier this month when she revealed, via Twitter, that she has the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease.
“Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story,” she wrote. “Use your energy to lift those you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”


Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

Updated 08 December 2019

Man eats $120,000 piece of art — a banana taped to wall

MIAMI: The move was bananas ... or maybe the work was just too appealing.
A performance artist shook up the crowd at the Art Basel show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he grabbed a banana that had been duct-taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
The banana was, in fact, a work of art by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan titled “Comedian” and sold to a French collector for $120,000.
In a video posted on his Instagram account, David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist living in New York, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape attached.
“Art performance ... hungry artist,” he said, as he peeled the fruit and took a bite. “Thank you, very good.”
A few bystanders could be heard giggling before a flustered gallery official whisked him to an adjoining space for questioning.
But the kerfuffle was resolved without a food fight.
“He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea,” Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, told the Miami Herald.
As it turns out, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity, the newspaper said. The banana is meant to be replaced.
A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras said. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
Cattelan is perhaps best known for his 18-carat, fully functioning gold toilet called “America” that he had once offered on loan to US President Donald Trump.
The toilet, valued at around $5 to $6 million, was in the news again in September when it was stolen from Britain’s Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of wartime leader Winston Churchill, where it had been on display.